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Botanical Printing and Eco-Dyeing on Paper with Book Binding Basics and the Coptic Stitch

September 3 @ 9:00 am - September 4 @ 5:00 pm


Botanical Printing and Eco-Dyeing on Paper with Book Binding Basics and the Coptic Stitch

Anne McMillan

Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4

9:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview:

This workshop will cover the basics of Botanical Printing, or Eco-Dyeing, and the process to create Books from your dyed papers.  Botanical Printing/Eco-Dyeing is a wonderful way to create plant impressions in both paper and cloth. Students will learn the basic process of harvesting plants from the garden or from  meanderings through the woods and imprinting nature onto paper and cloth.  Learn how to bundle and wrap papers and the possibilities of what can be done with that paper and cloth. 

This two-day class will cover foraging for materials and choosing dye plants from the Sanborn Mills dye garden. On the first day, students will learn how  to transfer the natural images to primary paper and some cotton cloth will also be used. 

On the second day, students will use the dyed papers to create a unique book. The class will spend some time learning basic bookbinding skills and simple structures. Then, students will move on to creating a Coptic bound journal.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:

  • Botanical Printing/Eco Dyeing printing process
  • Mordants and additives that can be used
  • Best papers and cloth to use
  • Fundamentals of Book Binding
  • Coptic Binding


Anne McMillan 

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • Pencil
  • Metal Ruler
  • Retractable utility knife or Exacto knife

Material Fee:

  • $30.00 – $40.00, includes paper and bookbinding supplies, to be paid at time of workshop


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will available. Please read your options on our Housing page.

$225.00 / per student

This Class


7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Call Us

(603) 435-7314


September 3 @ 9:00 am
September 4 @ 5:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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